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From a city park about a block away from the red rusted bridge.

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Across the street from R.B.H.S. looking past city hall towards downtown.

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The first local bus station, right off of ICA 45 in what was Krackle Trails before it merged with Plateau Point.

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Omega Casino.

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Across the Pepper River, a nice view of the Bollen Center and the water front.

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The high wealth area.

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A few attempts at using some of the filters I don't use often.

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The cruise and ferry terminal and the Bollen Center from a nearby park.

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Pics from along the water front by the Bollen Center and looking back.

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In the opposite corner of the city the Trade complex and railroad tracks to station #1.

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A small fire in Bridgeway Crossing across from the recycle center.

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Tourists departing from a wild weekend in R.B..

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Airport Blvd.

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A view from a cruise ship as it nears the city.

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The R.B. Arch in the daylight, one of the first things you see after leaving the airport and turning West onto a branch of ICA 45.

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R.B. Arch on the left, Mainland Hospital on the right.

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The regional casino H.Q.

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The Bollen Fine Arts Center

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The Estates & the Mayor's Mansion

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R.B. College, Dept. of Fine Arts Outdoor Amphitheater in the foreground, The Omega Casino & Resort in the background.

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R.B. College and R.B. Mainland Hospital in the background

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R.B.P.D. Police Headquarters (R.B. Hospital in the background)

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Looking south down a branch of ICA 45, The Estates are on the left along with Omega Casino and Resort, R.B.P.D HQ in the distance, R.B. Mainland Hospital in the distance behind that

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Across the street from R.B. College is the R.B. Arch, a collaboration between the Fine Arts Department, Department of History, and the Department of Engineering.

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On the backside of the R.B. Mainland Hospital is the R.B.F.D. HQ (R.B.P.D. HQ is in the back left of the picture)

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Another pic of the F.D. HQ

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Commercial and Commuter train travel coming in and out of R.B. Train Terminal #1. It enters R.B. where the industrial section and Bridgeway Crossing used to be.

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Train Terminal #1, which sits in the shadows of the two corporate trade towers and beyond them is one of R.B.'s two gambling houses and a the regional bus station.

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Speaking of gambling house, R.B.'s first commercial gambling property sits conveniently on ICA 45 near the west edge of town (edge of Pepper Meadows and Bridgeway Crossing before the road mergers) and across the street from the regional bus station. The bus station sits where the R.B. high school used to be in R.B. proper before it was moved away from ICA 45 due to safety concerns.

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A substantial portion of the city's funding comes from recyclables, i.e., plastics.

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A pullback shot with the recycling center at the bottom, the trade depot and rail line #1 and Bridgeway Crossing (last of the low wealth properties in R.B.) center shot along with the regional bus station and part of the Trick Chip Gambling house.

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R.B. High was moved away from ICA 45 and now resides just down the street from city hall and where the first R.B.F.D fire house used to be (west of city hall, which now orients N.E. towards ICA 45 rather than N., N.W. towards the red rusted bridge made of wood, concrete and steel.

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At the N. side of town as you enter R.B. along ICA 45 with R.B. proper and the rusted bridge to your right, train station #2 is up on the left.

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First pic is looking down from above the rusted bridge, view is South by South East. The second pic is looking North by North East.

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Daytime pics to follow.

I lied, here are a few more pics at night that didn't make it in before I posted. Enjoy.

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Jack "Pipes" Finney Memorial Library Microfiche & Digital Image Archives

Pepper Meadows continues to grow, differentiating itself from the adjacent low wealth area of Bridgeway Crossing

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Pepper Meadows in the foreground, Bridgeway and the industrial sector to the right, Rusty Plains in the distance

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Fueled by loose credit and high industrial demand for a better educated workforce, Rusted Bridge College expands

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R.B. City Hall is upgraded while high wealth property owners expand their presence in The Estates

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It what would later become a tragic failure, Medium Density, Medium Tech is allowed to expand in Pepper Meadows nearby the college. Then High Density, Medium Tech follows mostly for monetary reasons.

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The rapid growth of R.B. and the excellent architecture and engineering programs at R.B. college leads to a flashy residence being built in Rusty Plains near one of the ICA 45 intersections.

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The very first High Density, High Wealth residence in R.B. develops on the North West side of The Estates

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And the last image of R.B. before a long period of undocumented growth was a schematic of the R.B.P.D patrol area assignments

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Jack "Pipes" Finney Memorial Library Microfiche & Digital Image Archives

Era of Rapid Upward Economic and Population Expansion

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Scenic Sunset Views

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Creative Photography for R.B. Marketing and Recruitment Purposes

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The first Medium Density, High Wealth Commercial shopping in all of Rusted Bridge begins construction in Rusty Plains

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Plateau Point has its own High Density development to brag about

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Krackle Trails grows with its first High Density construction

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Rusted Bridge proper finally enters the high density real estate market

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And adds High Density, Medium Wealth commercial as well

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Commercial growth quickens with multiple businesses expanding in Pepper Meadows

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The subdivision of Rusty Plains leads Rusted Bridge in overall development

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Firestone Inc. has to expand once again, R.B. may need to consider an alternative power supply option

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Jack "Pipes" Finney Memorial Library Microfiche & Digital Image Archives

Meteor shower impacts Rusted Bridge proper

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First Medium Tech Industry in Rusted Bridge

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R.B.H.S with New Gymnasium

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First high density residential in Pepper Meadows

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First high density residential in Rusty Plains

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High Density Residential Completed (Inbound on ICA 45 headed East, North-East)

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Medium Density Commercial Develops in Pepper Meadows

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The Firestone Inc. Coal Plant Expands

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A View from the Rusted Bridge

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The First of Many Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

Mayor Planck: "Welcome and thank-you for all being here on this beautiful spring morning. As you know we've been running a substantial budget surplus for many years. After several public forums, meetings with city managers, and multiple city council debates a two phase city hall upgrade was approved by a 12-3 vote. The contract was awarded to Two Stone Construction Co. and the groundbreaking ceremony was held almost 8 months ago to the day. I'd like to thank the Stone Brothers for their fantastic work which has given us this beautiful new city hall both on time and under budget."

(crowd applause)

Mayor Planck: "This is but the first of many investments coming to our community in the near future. So without further delay and on behalf of the mayoral staff, the city council and their staff, and the city managers and their staff I officially declare the new Alex B. Short City Hall and Civil Service building open for services."

(crowd applause)

-Phase 1

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-Phase 2

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-From the red, rusted bridge made of steel, wood, and concrete.

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-Dept. of Education Manager Mr. Ivory: "Sir, with all due respect, if you want to fix some of Rusted Bridge's issues then you've got to stop being so short sided."

-Mayor Planck: "I know Rusted Bridge has been running a budget surplus for a long time and we've got plenty of money available for allocation but this would require a substantial investment."

-Mr. Ivory: "All good things do."

-Mayor Planck: "Have you seen the financial projections in Mr. Roth's (Dept. of Finance Manager) report if we decide to approve the expansions."

-Mr. Ivory: "Overall I agree with his cost analysis but I think he's too shallow with the potential cost savings from reduced crime, better health, and revenue generation from the cleaner industry we'd eventually attract with our human capital."

-Mayor Planck: "I too agree that we need to move beyond the dirty industry south of Bridgeway. The regional EPA sends the city a memo almost every other week about the pollutants. The fact that Bridgeway contains an increasingly large number of Rusted Bridge's lower wealth residents makes it increasingly socially unacceptable to have that group be the most exposed."

-Mr. Ivory: "Even more of a reason to push for aggressive educational reforms and capital investment."

-Mayor Planck: "What does the council say?"

-Mr. Ivory: "Of course the two councilmen representing Bridgeway favor it as do 2 of 3 from R.B. proper. The 2 representing Pepper Meadows are solid yes's since their community stands to gain greatly, and 1 from Rusty Plains is 70-30 in favor. That's the 7 we'd need."

-Mayor Planck: "I'll see what I can do to solidify the final vote. I don't want to make a push for this and then lose on a flip-flop."

-Mr. Ivory: "I'll let the other 6 know that you stand with them."

-Mayor Planck: "If there isn't anything else I have a prior engagement to attend."

-Mr. Ivory: "That was all Mr. Mayor, have a goodnight."

-Demolition of R.B. first K-8 school

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-Completion of the new Department of Education building

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-Completion of the Rusted Bridge Community High School (R.B.C.H.S.). GO MIGHTY MUD FROGS!

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-New skate park and basketball courts

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-Rusted Bridge College of Science and Technology in Pepper Meadows and close by Rusty Plains. I guess part of getting the 7th vote from the councilman representing Rusty Plains was the location of the college would provide easy access for the students of Rusty Plains. I wonder what other promises he made.

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-First day of classes

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It's December of year 5 and the Mayor and city council have some big plans for Rusted Bridge coming in year 6. The recent and relatively rapid addition of the high density, low wealth buildings in Bridgeway Crossing has unbalanced the worker:unemployed:unfilled jobs ratios and travel patterns of that part of the city. The 4 sewage pumps are creating pollution problems and this will need to be addressed since 3 of the 4 are being pushed almost to their limit. The dirty industry is compounding the problem which means education will need to be reviewed. Also you'll see in the education map there's issue reaching students in 2 of the Bridgeway HD residential structures. Water towers pulling up ground water is likely inadequate if the city grows any farther and the town grows weary of them being constructed everywhere. Finally, there aren't many crimes committed but the R.B.P.D. is having to work really hard to keep so many criminals inside their homes. On the bright side traffic is green.

-This set of photos provides an overall summary of where Rusted Bridge is currently in terms of development.

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-2 pics of The Estates at Pepper Woods

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-2 pics of Rusty Plains

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-2 pics of Krackle Trails

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-2 pics of Plateau Point

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-2 pics of Pepper Meadows

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-2 pics of Bridgeway Crossing

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-2 pics of Rusted Bridge Proper

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-Wealth Map

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-Pollution map

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-Water Map

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-Health Map

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-Crime Map

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-Fire Map

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-Education Map

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-Power / layout map

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-Budget & Population Stats

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From the Mayor’s Desk:

My fellow citizens, nobody can explain Mother Nature but it’s easy to explain our resilience. On the heels of finishing the reconstruction of Plateau Meadows, which was completed in a truly astonishing short amount of time, we were again exposed to further natural chaos and destruction. The recent tornadic activity isn’t necessarily unexpected with transition of seasons from spring to summer. Luckily the latest tornado caused little damage despite touching down virtually on top of city hall. However, nobody expected the failed bio-experiment Recypocalypseasaurus (Re-psy-poc-a-lips-a-sore-us) to be drawn to our humble city. Just as we did before we will rebuild and continue to prosper as a city. I am proud to have the privilege work for you as the Mayor of Rusted Bridge.

Sincerely,

Mr. J.R. Planck

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-Recypocalypseasaurus

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-Photo taken by a citizen who'd not yet taken cover (from Rusted Plains).

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-Setting fire to the first high density building constructed in Rusted Bridge, figures.

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-Then destroying the first high density building in Rusted Bridge. He (she?) continued forward and destroyed the Bridgeway police precinct as well. All for 1 ton of trash in the city's dump.

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-After 5 years without a natural disaster Rusted Bridge experienced three disasters in rapid succession. As spectacular as the first two were they caused no damage. Unfortunately the third occurred in the center of Pepper Meadows and wrecked ~40% of the residences and businesses located there. The Jack "Pipes" Finney Memorial Library was also distroyed. But on a more positive note the city has reached and surpassed the 30k mark and is currently at ~35k citizens.

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-The remains of the library.

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-Putting that in the rearview there had been rapid growth in Rusted Bridge with considerable expansion of medium density residential and commercial properties. R.B. gained several medium wealth commercial business buildings for the first time.

-The first medium density, medium wealth commercial business in Rusted Bridge, not surprisingly located near city hall.

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-Although the medium wealth residents initially moved into R.B. to assume mostly white collar jobs in the industries and commercial management, the growing demand for higher end retail and services followed... and the commercial businesses didn't disappoint.

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-Several other subdivisions saw growth as well, for example, Rusted Plains saw a significant number of properties be converted into multi-family housing units and larger retail chain stores.

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-The biggest sign of things to come was Bridgeway being first subdivision of Rusted Bridge to have a high density residential building. A high density commercial building soon followed. However there were some growing pains: economic balance was somewhat compromised by the large influx of residents.

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-Two additional high density housing structures were constructed in Bridgeway but many of the citizens are becoming worried over expanding crime problems, fire, and health service needs.

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-For many reasons Bridgeway has always been the more difficult part of town to live in. To help improve the area a public library was constructed nearby.

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-A view from the red, rusted bridge made of steel, wood, and concrete.

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-View from the North end of ICA 45.

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-As you may have seen from previous photos the Firestone, Inc. Coal plant upgraded its facility. A growing amount of sickness in Bridgeway and beyond was being attributed to the gases emitted by the facility. The regional EPA warned that if something wasn't done to address the issue they would consider legal action and/or financial penalties. Although Firestone, Inc. disagreed with the EPA and argued the sickness was likely mostly attributable to the now 3 sewer pipes in R.B. it said there had already been plans to upgrade the facility anyway. In an act of good faith they stepped up the timetable for replacement.

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-Mr. Peanut: "Increasing the number of patrol officers dispatched from precinct #1 does nothing to address the R.B.P.D. response time or frequency of patrols in and around our neighborhood."

-Councilmen Morrison: "I suppose you want a new police station nearby?"

-Mr. Peanut: "Do you realize how much I pay in taxes? Why shouldn't we be afforded the same level of service as those living in Rusted Bridge Proper, or Pepper Meadows, or Krackle Trails?"

-Councilmen Morrison: "You have the same level of police service as every other citizen of Rusted Bridge has regardless of where they live"

-Mr. Peanut: "Listen to me Morrison, its no secret that there have been plans to establish a new precinct for sometime now and all I'm saying is that if you want our continued support then you'd better see to it that it's built on the North East side of town."

-Councilmen Morrison: "Your support does me little good if there's the appearance that I'm in your pocket. I'll do what I can but I'm not making any promises"

-Mr. Peanut: "You'd better do something or I'm pulling out of the condominium development deals"

-Following several public petitions and multiple open hall meetings between the council and the public the new R.B.P.D precinct was approved for construction along the N.E. stretch of ICA 45 between Plateau Point, Rusty Plains, and The Estates by a 5-4 vote. However, due to public mistrust and news reports of backroom dealings a voter backed initiative is to be placed on the ballot which increases the number of council seats to 15 from 9 to better reflect the size and diversity of Rusted Bridge; approval is almost guaranteed.

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-In what was a huge victory for R.B., Lifestyle Condominiums, Inc. agreed to build 3 new high wealth buildings in The Estates at Pepper Woods, a deal which was sealed by how "safe" the area was now with R.B.P.D. closeby.

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-In addition to increased police coverage a new school was built nearby. The proximity of the R.B.P.D. increases the safety of R.B. school children and also keeps many of the children off of the streets and out of trouble. The educational need was so great that it was constructed with two wings and a second story of additional classrooms.

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-Finally, perhaps as a sign of things to come Chex Urgent Care and Red's clinic added additional patient treatment and waiting rooms and ambulance bays. It looked as though Chex, Inc. might have the resources necessary to expand further across R.B. and soak up some of the patients unable to be treated at Red's Clinic but the overwhelming demand for services convinced private investors that there was a future for Dr. Stone's clinic.

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What follows are a series of pics where the first of a pair was taken very early in the development of Rusted Bridge while the second is current (~26k residents, no high density yet, 70% of the map filled). Since SC2013 doesn't have saves I thought this would be a cool (and easy) way to reminisce. Jeesh... I feel like I have another child ;)

Pair #1

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Pair #4

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Pair #5

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Pair #6

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Pair #7

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Pair #8

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-R.B.F.D. has a new fire engine house which was financed largely by the increased tax revenue from residents at The Estates. Unlike most of the development in R.B., engine house #2 is located on the ICA 45 commercial extension to reduce barriers to travel. R.B. now has 4 fire engines.

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-Although Dr. Stone wanted to expand Red's Clinic he couldn't obtain the necessary capital to remodel the structure and purchase the extra real estate for the expansion. A regional company Chex, Inc., who specializes in urgent care clinics and pharmacies seized on the opportunity and opened an urgent care clinic in Rusty Plains. Both are located relatively close to the new Estates at Pepper Woods, coincidence, not likely.

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-In a move likely to draw the ire of more than a few residents of Rusted Bridge, Mayor Planck moved out of Pepper Meadows and into The Estates of Pepper Woods.

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-Perhaps a sweet bit of irony, construction began on the city's first medium-rise luxury condominiums right next door to the mayor's new mansion. It wasn't very popular with most of The Estates residents but they were to few in number to fight the development.

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I originally started this in the SC2013 city journal section ~1 week ago and I've provided the below link. Beneath the link is an excerpt from the narrative of the first post. The thread is becoming a bit loaded with pictures so I've decided that using the increased functionality of the city journal section may soon be a necessity. Enjoy.

City: Rusted Bridge

Founded: April 7th, 2013

An often silent stretch of North East Intercity Avenue 45 (NE ICA 45) gently bends its way through a sparsely forested plot of land which rests comfortably in the arch of the Pepper River and just North of the Krackle Plateau Mountains. Decades ago the now peaceful plains were full of activity– oil, coal, and ore extraction machinery mined the flat fields barren, depleting them of their underlying contents which the terrain itself had little use for.

A short red bridge made of steel, wood, and concrete had been erected over a shallow portion of the Pepper River to facilitate the construction of a railway bridge. There was little use for the ancillary crossing once the train bridge was completed and it had become largely unused, at least for heavy duty purposes. Miners and Roughnecks often squatted there for lunch watching jealously as debris drifted past them lazily. Occasionally a long distance traveler, after pulling off of the avenue, would make their way up onto the bridge as a means of stretching their legs during the dull stretches between destinations. Perhaps the most common sights were of the limbs of casual fisherman dangling over the edge waiting for a twitching line signaling an unlucky fish.

Although the reasons for the relatively informal foundation of Rusted Bridge are as varied as the personalities of its earliest inhabitants, it is perhaps most likely that they share heritage and memories of having spent time on the short red bridge made of steel, wood, and concrete.